Monday, January 2, 2012

Endings and new beginnings

 I spent the last day of 2011 and the first day of 2012 spending time with family and working on bee blocks in my spare moments:

 For Faith (Fresh Lemons)

The blocks above were for the 2011 Twice around the Block Virtual Quilting Bee.

I also got started on a new Bee (Yamtastic Quilting Bee) and finished two blocks for Traci (Hip Fabric)

I just  the adore the pintuck fabric!

One of my goals for 2012 is to slowly but surely get Molly's old bedroom converted into my sewing studio.  There are still a lot of boxes piled up in there, but I've somehow managed to carve a little sewing space for myself and hope to put up a design wall soon:

I will probably be posting about this all year.

Today I put away all of the Christmas decorations.  
I've been off work since I left for Haiti on December 16, but tomorrow it's back to reality.  

Until then, here's another little look back at Christmas. 

Two gorgeous Secret Santa gifts to me from Mo Bedell (Lime Gardenias)

Thank you so much, Mo!  You're the best!  The pillow happily resides on a rocking chair in my family room.  I've already used the bag to carry hand sewing and a bottle of wine to the last sewing circle!

And I can't resist ending with this:
 Molly and Peter's first Christmas tree.

With wishes, true and kind -- Joan


  1. Wow Joan, Those blocks are killer!
    I think it's funny we were both doing the same thing at the end of the year. A small releif that I am that much closer to getting that stack down a little.

  2. I am so lucky! I love my block! Thank you SO much!!

  3. Gorgeous blocks Joan. I'm making a wonky star quilt now, they are so much fun! xo

  4. Love all those bee blocks...especially Traci's log cabin!

  5. Beautiful bee blocks! Congratulations on gaing a sewing room.

  6. Such lovely blocks! I love the bright cheery colors. Happy to see you've been having fun with some sewing lately.

  7. Great blocks and gifts too. May this be a good year for you.

  8. Everything is just beautiful. Good luck with your sewing room.

  9. Oh, not usually (well overly) jealous about other people's gifts...but the bag should be mine! lol And I'm not a bag lady either! Ha!

    Wishing you a joyful and wonderful 2012, Joan!

  10. Great blocks! Love the first tree! It's too cute.

  11. I love your bee blocks, especially the ones for Faith!